by Brian Clarey

Mixed news from the front lines this week, as Ombu Wood-Fired Grill in Winston-Salem closes its doors, to be replaced by the Kitchen Table, which should begin serving standard American fare before Labor Day. Also in the Camel City, Old Staley’s Grill & Ale will be opening at 2000 Reynolda Road.

In Greensboro, pretty much everyone now knows that nightlife impresario Rocco Scarfone has with a group of investors acquired the last remaining vestiges of Ham’s Restaurants — 10 places all told. No word as of yet how he will manage to class up the joints. Rooftop bars, perhaps?

Moving on…. Wednesday sees a Foothills Beer Dinner at Vintage 301 — $40 gets you four courses with accompanying beers and it begins at 7:00 p.m. Call the restaurant at 336.333.31910 or visit the website at to make a reservation.

Thursday sees a Grove Winery tasting at Greensboro’s Tyler White Gallery.

Also, Noble’s Grill in Winston-Salem holds a Slow Food Tomato Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $55 for five courses, with organic wines available by the glass. Call 336.777.8477 for a reservation.

All weekend long Total Wine & More will be tasting the wines of Ferragosto, Italy’s big summer holiday, at all Triad locations.

Friday sees Coffee for Canines (or Frappes for Felines, if you will) at Tazza Caf’ across from UNCG, a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue and Foster Program. Also on Friday, Undercurrent holds a soft-shell lobster special — fabulous, but if you haven’t called the restaurant at 336.370.1266 by now for a reservation, you may be out of luck.

Saturday is Watermelon Day at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market, the Whole Foods Back to School Tour and the EarthFare Raw Food Potluck Dinner. It is also the day the Fresh Market holds a demo for ginger-glazed wild salmon with soba salad all day long.

Tuesday is Blueberry Day at Krankie’s Farmers Market, and also the day of Hospice Taste of the Town in High Point. This event features 63 restaurants and food service companies showing their wares at — where else? — the Showplace. Tickets are $5 for entry, and tasting tickets ate $1 apiece. Get yours at